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Roger Parent is a SIGNATURE MEMBER and served as President of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, FSWS 2011 - 2013. His work has attracted attention and been accepted in regional and statewide juried exhibitions for his skillful use of vibrant color and lively brushwork. He is a direct painter and works primarily in watercolor, acrylics and pastels.
He is also a PARTICIPATING MEMBER of the Florida Watercolor Society, and has been accepted in two of their annual statewide juried shows, 2012 &2013.
He is also an ACTIVE MEMBER of the Southern Watercolor Society and exhibited in their 2014 annual juried exhibition in Kerrville, Texas. SWS membership includes artists from eighteen states in the southern U.S.
He has served as a juror and has taught a workshop series of six sessions on color and design for artists at the Venice Art Center, Fla.
He studied at the Boston University School of Fine Arts and at the Swain School of Design in Mass. where he studied for two years with master draughtsman and printmaker Sigmund Abeles; he holds a BFA from the Univ. of Mass. Amherst. He worked as an art librarian and later as a senior executive with two national library associations in Chicago.
He has attended workshops taught by internationally recognized watercolorists, Don Andrews, Paul Riley, Sue Archer, Frank Francese, Nicholas Simmons, Steve and Janet Rogers, Mike Baily, Leslie Frontz, Kris Parins and others.
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Honorable Mention 2014, Temple of the Nuns
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Venice Art Center, Fla, SECOND PLACE 2012: Reaching for the Light //
Art Center Manatee, Bradenton, Fla. Members Exhibition, SECOND PLACE 2012; Lakeside Contrasts Pastel //
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, North Port Art Center, Fla., FIRST PLACE 2012: Templo de Las Monjas Church //
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Fla., SECOND PLACE 2011: Portrait Diego //
Art Center Manatee, Bradenton, Fla. Members Exhibition, HONORABLE MENTION 2011: Portrait A.J. Pastel //
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Art Center Manatee, Bradenton, Fla., HONORABLE MENTION 2010: Doubtful //
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Englewood Art Center, Fla., HONORABLE MENTION 2010: Abundance //
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Studio at Gulf & Pine, Anna Maria Island, Fla., SECOND PLACE 2009: Mexican Couple //
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Studio at Gulf & Pine, Anna Maria Island, Fla., SECOND PLACE 2008: Mercado Lunch Break //
OTHER JURIED EXHIBITIONS:
Florida Watercolor Society Annual 2013, Art Center Sarasota, Florida //
Florida Watercolor Society Annual 2012, Menolo Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida //
Florida Watercolor Society Online Show 2012, 2013
Venice Art Center Members Show Oct 2012 //
Venice Theatre: 'Impressions of San Miguel de Allende 2008 - 2013' January 7 to February 10, 2014
Venice Public Library: 'Watercolor: Versatile Medium' April 1 to June 29, 2014